Fundación ETEA and University Loyola join CABEI, SIECA and SICA in the third edition of the “Call for Papers” on the Central American Region

José Manuel Martín, Executive Director of Fundación ETEA – Development Institute of University Loyola, during his intervention in the virtual launching event of the contest.


With the objective of generating a high-level space for the construction of knowledge and specialized research on integration, the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) launched last Friday, July 3, 2020, the Call for Papers: Central American Integration towards the Bicentennial of Independence and the 30th Anniversary of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

This call is supported by the European Union and Fundación ETEA-Development Institute of University Loyola , with special interest in academic research on the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, as well as the University of Costa Rica with interest in research related to the integration process. The three strategic partners are joining this process in order to enrich it with their technical knowledge and fields of expertise.

The initiative, in its third edition, seeks to put into perspective issues related to the economic situation of the region, cultural identity, public health, resilience to climate change, migration and the integration process, among others that can be consulted in the competition rules, which also include a proactive component and contribution of new ideas to strengthen the Central American Integration System.

A launch event with more than 400 attendees

With a virtual attendance of more than 400 people, the inauguration event was preceded by the highest authorities of the organizing bodies: SICA Secretary General, Vinicio Cerezo; SIECA Secretary General, Melvin Redondo; CABEI Executive President, Dante Mossi; the Ambassador of the European Union in El Salvador and to SICA, Andreu Bassols; the Executive Director of Fundación ETEA, José Manuel Martín Lozano; the Vice Rector for Student Life of the University of Costa Rica, Carlos Sandoval, as well as the Chief of Staff of the GS-SICA, Olinda Salguero.

During his participation, Dante Mossi recalled that together with the SICA secretariats, they have placed on the regional agenda issues such as trade facilitation, electric mobility, logistics and multimodal transport to boost Central America’s economy.

For his part, Vinicio Cerezo stated that “The Call for Papers is an essential part of these efforts that we have been promoting from the SICA General Secretariat together with SIECA and CABEI to open greater spaces for the participation of the people, so that they can learn and learn more about the multiple benefits of integration”.

Melvin Redondo also emphasized that the Call for Papers is a unique space in Central America that provides effective opportunities for students, academics and professionals from the region and around the world to think strategically about Central American integration and also to make important theoretical and applied contributions on the subject. “From SIECA we recognize that this new call will contribute to the management of innovative ideas to meet the development challenges of the region. We are sure that with these new academic contributions we will have better elements for understanding the future of the region,” said Melvin Redondo.

For his part, José Manuel Martín expressed his gratitude to all the co-organizing entities, especially to the European Union and SICA for the opportunity to participate in the Technical Assistance Program for Strategic Planning in Central America ATEPECA (EU-SICA) through the Living Integration from the Academia project: “the main objective of Living Integration from the Academy is to contribute from the University to the strengthening of the Central American integration process and the generation of knowledge on the Association Agreement between the EU and Central America, so the logic of our link with this Call for Papers 2020 is total”. He also stressed that “the contribution of Fundación ETEA, as a Development Institute of Loyola University, is not limited to the contribution of additional resources to the call awards and the dissemination of the call through our networks and communication channels, but we will have the opportunity to add our experience and differential academic capacity as observers in the meetings of the Editorial Committee that will evaluate the research submitted, something that we are particularly pleased with”.

The competition is endowed with $20,000 in prizes.

The regional competition is aimed at professionals, academics, public officials and researchers linked to and interested in the dynamics of the Central American integration process. Those interested will have from July 3 to September 30, 2020 to submit their articles.

The institutions involved have earmarked a total of US$20,000.00 for the contest for the awarding of five prizes to the winning articles, which will also be presented at an awards ceremony. In case of co-authorship, the prize will be divided and given to each co-author in equal parts. In addition, this call will recognize up to a total of ten Honorable Mentions corresponding to outstanding research papers according to the criteria of the program and duly recognized by a certificate of accreditation.

In addition, from the Revista de Fomento Social, an academic publication of Loyola University dedicated to the dissemination of development studies, it is proposed to dedicate a special issue to the edition of the best papers submitted to this Call for Papers 2020, thus ensuring a wide dissemination of the results of this call in academic and research channels.

For more information on the competition and its rules, please access the following link.